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Bruun, J., Lindahl, M. & Linder, C. (2018). Network analysis and qualitative discourse analysis of a classroom group discussion. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Article ID 10.1080/1743727X.2018.1496414.
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2018 (English)In: International Journal of Research and Method in Education, ISSN 1743-727X, E-ISSN 1743-7288, ISSN 1743-727X, article id 10.1080/1743727X.2018.1496414Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A new methodology is proposed for qualitative discourse analysis (QDA) aimed at gaining enhanced insights into learning possibilities and indicators that arise during classroom group discussions. The constitution of this new methodology has two principle components: a discourse analysis approach that aims to identify the relationships between content and group dynamics; and a network analysis (NA) approach that uses the same data to identify meaning-related structural dynamics found in the data. The proposed methodology pairs these two components to create a supplementary iterative interchange that facilitates the attainment of greater analytic insights than are achievable by either of the two components individually. The critical aspects of the methodology are illustrated and discussed using real classroom data in ways that provide a procedural exemplar. The strengths and limitations of the proposed methodology are also discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Online: Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Keywords
Discourse analysis; network analysis; classroom group discussion; socioscientific issues; educational design and practice
National Category
Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357030 (URN)10.1080/1743727X.2018.1496414 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2011-34409-85898-21
Available from: 2018-08-10 Created: 2018-08-10 Last updated: 2018-11-29Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M., Eriksson, U. & Linder, C. (2018). Studenters användning av semiotiska resurser: Hur studenter skapar mening kring cirkelrörelse. In: : . Paper presented at Från forskning till fysikundervisning, Lund, 10-11 April 2018.
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2018 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-369496 (URN)
Conference
Från forskning till fysikundervisning, Lund, 10-11 April 2018
Available from: 2018-12-14 Created: 2018-12-14 Last updated: 2018-12-14
Eriksson, M., Linder, C. & Eriksson, U. (2018). Students' understanding of algebraic signs: An underestimated learning challenge?. In: : . Paper presented at American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting, Washington D.C., 28 July - 1 August 2018.
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2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When starting to learn about vector quantities in introductory physics, it is important that students accurately understand the intended meaning of plus and minus algebraic signs in order to appropriately solve physics problems. We present a case study of 82 introductory-level physics students from Sweden and South Africa and show that the lack of understanding of algebraic signs can result in learning challenges even in the introductory topic of one dimensional kinematics. Results of this study will be described and implications for teaching will be discussed.

National Category
Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-369506 (URN)
Conference
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting, Washington D.C., 28 July - 1 August 2018
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Volkwyn, T., Airey, J., Gregorcic, B., Heijkenskjöld, F. & Linder, C. (2017). Coordinating multiple resources to learn physics. In: : . Paper presented at American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Education 2017 Summer Meeting.
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It has been argued that for any given physics task there is a critical constellation of resources that students need to become proficient in handling in order for physics learning to take place. This is because different resources offer access to different information i.e. they have different pedagogical and disciplinary affordances. A laboratory exercise requiring coordination of multiple resources was designed to help students appreciate the movability of coordinate systems. Initially students were unable to coordinate the manipulation of a hand-held measuring device (IOLab) and observe changes in three readouts on a computer screen, whilst simultaneously drawing conclusions in their discussions with each other and the facilitator. However, the introduction of a paper arrow allowed students to quickly coordinate the resources and begin to experience the movability of coordinate systems. The study confirms earlier work on critical constellations of resources and the functioning of persistent resources as coordinating hubs.

Keywords
pedagogical affordance, disciplinary affordance, physics, critical constellations, coordinate systems
National Category
Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339117 (URN)
Conference
American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Education 2017 Summer Meeting
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-04113
Note

References

[1] Redish, E. F., & Kuo, E. (2015). Language of physics, language of math: Disciplinary culture and dynamic epistemology. Science & Education, 24(5-6), 561-590.

[2] Christensen, W. M., & Thompson, J. R. (2012). Investigating graphical representations of slope and derivative without a physics context. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 8(2), 023101.

[3] Baldry, A., & Thibault, P. J. (2006). Multimodal transcription and text analysis: A multimodal toolkit and coursebook with associated on-line course. Equinox.

[4] Bezemer, J., & Mavers, D. (2011). Multimodal transcription as academic practice: a social semiotic perspective. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 14(3), 191-206.

[5] Airey, J., & Linder, C. (2009). A disciplinary discourse perspective on university science learning: Achieving fluency in a critical constellation of modes. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(1), 27-49.

[6] Airey, J., & Linder, C. (2017). Social semiotics in university physics education. In Multiple Representations in Physics Education (pp. 95-122). Springer, Cham.

[7] Lemke, J. L. (1998, October). Teaching all the languages of science: Words, symbols, images, and actions. In Conference on Science Education in Barcelona. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/education/jlemke/papers/barcelon.htm

[8] McDermott, L. C. (1991). A view from physics. M. Gardner, J. Greeno, F. Reif, AH Schoenfeld, A. diSessa, and E. Stage (Eds.), Toward a scientific practice of science education, 3-30.

[9] Kohl, P. B., & Finkelstein, N. D. (2005). Student representational competence and self-assessment when solving physics problems. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 1(1), 010104.

[10] Kohl, P., & Finkelstein, N. (2006, February). Student representational competence and the role of instructional environment in introductory physics. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 818, No. 1, pp. 93-96). AIP.

[11] Linder, A., Airey, J., Mayaba, N., & Webb, P. (2014). Fostering disciplinary literacy? South African physics lecturers' educational responses to their students' lack of representational competence. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 18(3), 242-252.

[12] Airey, J. (2009). Science, language, and literacy: Case studies of learning in Swedish university physics (Doctoral dissertation, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis).

[13] Fredlund, T., Airey, J., & Linder, C. (2012). Exploring the role of physics representations: an illustrative example from students sharing knowledge about refraction. European Journal of Physics, 33(3), 657.

Within the social semiotic framing described here, 'disciplinary affordance' refers to the agreed meaning making functions that a representation or semiotic resource fulfils for a particular disciplinary community.

[14] Airey, J. (2015). Social Semiotics in Higher Education: Examples from teaching and learning in undergraduate physics. In Concorde Hotel/National Institute of Education, Singapore, 3-5 November 2015 (p. 103). Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research in Higher Education (STINT).

‘Pedagogical affordance’ reflects the usefulness of a semiotic resource for teaching some particular educational content. See also Ref. [6].

[15] Selen, M. (2013, April). Pedagogy meets Technology: Optimizing Labs in Large Enrollment Introductory Courses. In APS April Meeting Abstracts. http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR13/Event/192073

[16] Roychoudhury, A., & Roth, W. M. (1996). Interactions in an open‐inquiry physics laboratory. International Journal of Science Education, 18(4), 423-445.

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Volkwyn, T., Airey, J., Gregorcic, B., Heijkenskjöld, F. & Linder, C. (2017). Physics students learning about abstract mathematical tools when engaging with “invisible” phenomena. In: L. Ding, A. Traxler, and Y. Cao (Ed.), 2017 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings: . Paper presented at American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Education 2017 Summer Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27 (pp. 408-411). Cincinnati, Ohio: American Association of Physics Teachers
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2017 (English)In: 2017 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings / [ed] L. Ding, A. Traxler, and Y. Cao, Cincinnati, Ohio: American Association of Physics Teachers , 2017, p. 408-411Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The construction of physics knowledge of necessity entails a range of semiotic resources, (e.g. specialized language, graphs, algebra, diagrams, equipment, gesture, etc.). In this study we documented physics students' use of different resources when working with an "invisible" phenomenon--magnetic field. Using a social semiotic framework, we show how appropriate coordination of resources not only enabled students to learn something about the Earth's magnetic field, but also about the use of an abstract mathematical tool--coordinate systems. Our work leads us to make three suggestions: 1. The potential for learning physics can be maximized by designing tasks that encourage students to use a specific set of resources.  2. Thought should be put into what this particular set of resources should be and how they may be coordinated. 3. Close attention to the different resources that students use can allow physics teachers to gauge the learning occurring in their classrooms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cincinnati, Ohio: American Association of Physics Teachers, 2017
National Category
Other Physics Topics Didactics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339412 (URN)10.1119/perc.2017.pr.097 (DOI)
Conference
American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Education 2017 Summer Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-04113
Available from: 2018-03-05 Created: 2018-03-05 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved
Volkwyn, T., Airey, J., Gregorcic, B., Heijkenskjöld, F. & Linder, C. (2017). Physics students learning about abstract mathematical tools while engaging with “invisible” phenomena. In: : . Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, July 26-27, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. College Park, Maryland, USA: American Association of Physics Teachers
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The construction of physics knowledge of necessity entails a range of semiotic resources, (e.g. specialized language, graphs, algebra, diagrams, equipment, gesture, etc.). In this study we documented physics students' use of different resources when working with an "invisible" phenomenon--magnetic field. Using a social semiotic framework, we show how appropriate coordination of resources not only enabled students to learn something about the Earth's magnetic field, but also about the use of an abstract mathematical tool--coordinate systems. Our work leads us to make three suggestions: 1. The potential for learning physics can be maximized by designing tasks that encourage students to use a specific set of resources. 2. Thought should be put into what this particular set of resources should be and how they may be coordinated.3. Close attention to the different resources that students use can allow physics teachers to gauge the learning occurring in their classrooms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
College Park, Maryland, USA: American Association of Physics Teachers, 2017
Keywords
mathematical tools, semiotic resources, coordinate systems
National Category
Didactics Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-344041 (URN)
Conference
Physics Education Research Conference 2017, July 26-27, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-04113
Note

Peer reviewed abstract for actual poster presented at PERC 2017 in the Northern Kentucky Convention Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio/Kentucky, USA.

Available from: 2018-03-05 Created: 2018-03-05 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved
Patron, E., Wikman, S., Edfors, I., Johansson-Cederblad, B. & Linder, C. (2017). Teachers' reasoning: Classroom visual representational practices in the context of introductory chemical bonding. Science Education, 101(6), 887-906
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2017 (English)In: Science Education, ISSN 0036-8326, E-ISSN 1098-237X, ISSN 0036-8326, Vol. 101, no 6, p. 887-906Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Visual representations are essential for communication and meaning-making in chemistry, and thus the representational practices play a vital role in the teaching and learning of chemistry. One powerful contemporary model of classroom learning, the variation theory of learning, posits that the way an object of learning gets handled is another vital feature for the establishment of successful teaching practices. An important part of what lies behind the constitution of teaching practices is visual representational reasoning that is a function of disciplinary relevant aspects and educationally critical features of the aspects embedded in the intended object of learning. Little is known about teachers reasoning about such visual representational practices. This work addresses this shortfall in the area of chemical bonding. The data consist of semistructured interviews with 12 chemistry teachers in the Swedish upper secondary school system. The methodology uses a thematic analytic approach to capture and characterize the teachers' reasoning about their classroom visual representational practices. The results suggest that the teachers' reasoning tended to be limited. However, the teachers' pay attention to the meaning-making potential of the approaches for showing representations. The analysis presents these visualization approaches and the discussion makes theoretical links to the variation theory of learning.

Keywords
chemical bonding, chemistry education, visual representational practices, teacher reasoning
National Category
Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332220 (URN)10.1002/sce.21298 (DOI)000422918500002 ()
Available from: 2017-10-25 Created: 2017-10-25 Last updated: 2018-02-21Bibliographically approved
Volkwyn, T., Airey, J., Gregorcic, B., Heijkenskjöld, F. & Linder, C. (2017). Teaching the movability of coordinate systems: Discovering disciplinary affordances. In: : . Paper presented at American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Education 2017 Summer Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When students are introduced to coordinate systems in their physics textbooks these are usually oriented in the same manner (x increases to the right). There is a real danger then, that students see coordinate systems as fixed. However, as we know, movability is one of the main disciplinary affordances of coordinate systems. Students worked with an open-ended task to find the direction of Earth’s magnetic field. This was achieved by manipulating a measurement device (IOLab) so as to maximize the signal for one component of the field, whilst at the same time keeping the other two components at zero. In the process of completing this task, students came to experience themselves as holding a movable coordinate system. From this point they spontaneously offer elaborations about the usefulness of purposefully setting up coordinate systems for problem solving. In our terms, they have discovered one of the disciplinary affordances of coordinate systems.

Keywords
movability, coordinate systems, disciplinary affordances
National Category
Other Physics Topics Didactics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339408 (URN)
Conference
American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Education 2017 Summer Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-04113
Note

References

[1] Redish, E. F., & Kuo, E. (2015). Language of physics, language of math: Disciplinary culture and dynamic epistemology. Science & Education, 24(5-6), 561-590.

[2] Christensen, W. M., & Thompson, J. R. (2012). Investigating graphical representations of slope and derivative without a physics context. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 8(2), 023101.

[3] Baldry, A., & Thibault, P. J. (2006). Multimodal transcription and text analysis: A multimodal toolkit and coursebook with associated on-line course. Equinox.

[4] Bezemer, J., & Mavers, D. (2011). Multimodal transcription as academic practice: a social semiotic perspective. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 14(3), 191-206.

[5] Airey, J., & Linder, C. (2009). A disciplinary discourse perspective on university science learning: Achieving fluency in a critical constellation of modes. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(1), 27-49.

[6] Airey, J., & Linder, C. (2017). Social semiotics in university physics education. In Multiple Representations in Physics Education (pp. 95-122). Springer, Cham.

[7] Lemke, J. L. (1998, October). Teaching all the languages of science: Words, symbols, images, and actions. In Conference on Science Education in Barcelona. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/education/jlemke/papers/barcelon.htm

[8] McDermott, L. C. (1991). A view from physics. M. Gardner, J. Greeno, F. Reif, AH Schoenfeld, A. diSessa, and E. Stage (Eds.), Toward a scientific practice of science education, 3-30.

[9] Kohl, P. B., & Finkelstein, N. D. (2005). Student representational competence and self-assessment when solving physics problems. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 1(1), 010104.

[10] Kohl, P., & Finkelstein, N. (2006, February). Student representational competence and the role of instructional environment in introductory physics. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 818, No. 1, pp. 93-96). AIP.

[11] Linder, A., Airey, J., Mayaba, N., & Webb, P. (2014). Fostering disciplinary literacy? South African physics lecturers' educational responses to their students' lack of representational competence. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 18(3), 242-252.

[12] Airey, J. (2009). Science, language, and literacy: Case studies of learning in Swedish university physics (Doctoral dissertation, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis).

[13] Fredlund, T., Airey, J., & Linder, C. (2012). Exploring the role of physics representations: an illustrative example from students sharing knowledge about refraction. European Journal of Physics, 33(3), 657.

Within the social semiotic framing described here, 'disciplinary affordance' refers to the agreed meaning making functions that a representation or semiotic resource fulfils for a particular disciplinary community.

[14] Airey, J. (2015). Social Semiotics in Higher Education: Examples from teaching and learning in undergraduate physics. In Concorde Hotel/National Institute of Education, Singapore, 3-5 November 2015 (p. 103). Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research in Higher Education (STINT).

‘Pedagogical affordance’ reflects the usefulness of a semiotic resource for teaching some particular educational content. See also Ref. [6].

[15] Selen, M. (2013, April). Pedagogy meets Technology: Optimizing Labs in Large Enrollment Introductory Courses. In APS April Meeting Abstracts. http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR13/Event/192073

[16] Roychoudhury, A., & Roth, W. M. (1996). Interactions in an open‐inquiry physics laboratory. International Journal of Science Education, 18(4), 423-445.

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Airey, J. & Linder, C. (2016). Teaching and Learning in University Physics: A Social Semiotic Approach. In: : . Paper presented at The 8th International Conference on Multimodality (8ICOM, 6-9 Dec 2016, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Social semiotics is a broad construct where all communication is viewed as being realized through semiotic resources. In undergraduate physics we use a wide range of these semiotic resources, such as written and oral languages, diagrams, graphs, mathematics, apparatus and simulations. Based on empirical studies of undergraduate physics students a number of theoretical constructs have been developed in our research group (see for example Airey & Linder 2009; Fredlund et al 2012, 2014; Eriksson 2015). In this presentation we describe these constructs and examine their usefulness for problematizing teaching and learning in university physics. The theoretical constructs are: discursive fluency, discourse imitation, unpacking and critical constellations of semiotic resources.

We suggest that these constructs provide university physics teachers with a new set of practical tools with which to view their own practice in order to enhance student 

References

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Airey J. (2009). Science, Language and Literacy. Case Studies of Learning in Swedish University Physics. Acta Universitatis   Upsaliensis. Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology 81. Uppsala  Retrieved 2009-04-27, from   http://publications.uu.se/theses/abstract.xsql?dbid=9547

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Airey, J. & Linder, C. (in press) Social Semiotics in Physics Education : Multiple Representations in Physics Education   Springer

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Keywords
Social Semiotics, critical constellations, multiple representations, physics, Higher education, Undergraduate physics
National Category
Other Physics Topics Didactics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-316381 (URN)
Conference
The 8th International Conference on Multimodality (8ICOM, 6-9 Dec 2016, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Available from: 2017-02-28 Created: 2017-02-28 Last updated: 2017-03-06Bibliographically approved
Fredlund, T., Linder, C. & Airey, J. (2015). A social semiotic approach to identifying critical aspects. International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 4(3), 302-316
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2015 (English)In: International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, ISSN 2046-8253, E-ISSN 2046-8261, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 302-316Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This article proposes a social semiotic approach to analysing objects of learning in terms of their critical aspects.

Design/methodology/approach

The design for this article focuses on how the semiotic resources – including language, equations, and diagrams – that are commonly used in physics teaching realise the critical aspects of a common physics object of learning. A social semiotic approach to the analysis of a canonical text extract from optics is presented to illustrate how critical aspects can be identified. 

Findings

Implications for university teaching and learning of physics stemming from this social semiotic approach are suggested.

Originality/value

Hitherto under-explored similarities between the Variation Theory of Learning, which underpins learning studies, and a social semiotic approach to meaning-making are identified. These similarities are used to propose a new, potentially very powerful approach to identifying critical aspects of objects of learning.

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Fredlund, T., Airey, J. and Linder, C. (2015), “Enhancing the possibilities for learning: variation of disciplinary-relevant aspects in physics representations”, Eur. J. Phys, Vol. 36, 055001.

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Keywords
Learning study, Variation Theory of Learning, social semiotics, objects of learning, disciplinary-relevant aspects, critical aspects, teaching practice, physics education
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Other Physics Topics
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247768 (URN)10.1108/IJLLS-01-2015-0005 (DOI)
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